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WWII veteran to speak at West Campus Veterans Day assembly; public invited

       For the third straight year, the West Campus is inviting the public to attend an all-school assembly in honor of Veterans Day.
       Featuring a World War II veteran as guest speaker, the event will be Friday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. Also scheduled are the Honor Guard from American Legion Centennial Post 209 and the recognition of West staff members who are military veterans.
       The campus consists of West Middle School (grades 6-8) and West Elementary (K-5).
       Access for the general public during the assembly will be through the middle school access at 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       Activities will last about 45 minutes, with refreshments and discussion opportunites for members of the public continuing afterward until 11 a.m.
       Admission is free, but the school is trying to raise funds for the Honor Flight of Southern Colorado. The all-volunteer organization flies veterans to Washington, D.C., where they visit major national monuments and are officially thanked by government officials.
       According to first-year West Campus Principal Shalah Sims, Honor Flight staffers will be on hand to accept donations.
       The school's Veterans Day assembly was originated in 2013 by Sims' predecessor, Judy Hawkins, who at that time commented, “That's something we need to do, to know how to honor our veterans. It's very important to teach our kids that level of values, that we're here because of their service.”
       According to information provided by Sims, guest speaker Herbert Geffre was born on a South Dakota farm and served in WWII on the Navy destroyer, USS Wiley.
       For more information, call the school at 328-3900 or go to honorflightsoco.org.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 10/30/15; Schools: West Campus)

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